Successful night for Maltese boxers

Sunday, February 9, 2014, 10:49

 

Winning six of the seven fights on the night was undoubtedly a positive outing for the Maltese boxers and the cheerful local crowd at the well attended eighth event organised by the European Boxing Federation (EBF) and local promoter Paul Borg held on Friday night at the Dolman Resort Hotel in Qawra.

The entertaining evening was made up of five Semi-Pro fights together with two Professional bouts which indeed proved the highlight of the evening.

The results of the five Semi-Pro bouts, sanctioned by the European Boxing Federation, saw the only ‘foreign’ victory on the night where in the Welterweight category Morgan Starkey overpowered Etienne Spiteri on points. The other four Semi-Pro fights all won by the local were (Super Middleweight) Christian Schembri vs Mark Hill (EBF}, (Heavyweight) Shaun ‘Pasu’ Attard vs Danny Gray (EBF), (Bantamweight) Lydon ‘Beqqu’ Chircop vs Paul Gubb (EBF) and (Super Middleweight) Dione Galea vs James ‘The Maverick’ Montgomery (EBF).

The above fights saw Maltese boxers Lydon ‘Beqqu’ Chircop (Bantamweight) and Dione Galea (Super Middleweight) retain the EBF title of their respective category.

The two Professional bouts between Maltese and French boxers were indeed interesting, tough and somewhat controversial. These were sanctioned by the Malta Boxing Commission.

For Tyrone ‘El Terrible’ Borg (Light Heavyweight) this was his first professional fight which should have lasted six rounds of 2 minutes each. However French boxer Kader ‘Super Saiyan’ Ghada only survived the first round plus 2 minutes 11 seconds of the second round before he was out with a technical knock out – an encouraging debut for ‘El Terrible’ indeed.

The last fight of the programme was certainly the climax of a rough night which for boxing lovers means ‘stunning’.

This other Maltese-French encounter between ‘Super’ Steve Martin vs Jean Mooraiti (Welterweight) was really a tough rough fight with both boxers having their particular favourable moments in the eight sessions by three minutes each round. A fight which kept all present on their toes with even the judges coming out with a split decision with saw ‘Super’ Steve winning by points in a close decision.

The successful ‘Unstoppable’ boxing night also included an exhibition fight between novice fighters Matthew Borg and Darren Scerri.

Present on the night for the Malta Boxing Commission were Charlie Cordina, President, Marc James, Secretary General, Leif Naggnusson, Supervisor, and Claire Shepherd as MBC recorder.

Also present was James Ward Secretary and Matchmaker of the European Boxing Federation.

The referees who controlled the fights were Charlie Cordina and Kristian Mintoff while Demis Tonna was Technical Coordinator.

The main sponsors of ‘The Unstoppable’ were Fortina Spa Resort, Golden Harvest, RE//MAX, TeamSport, Hell Energy Drink, Badass Burgers, Morocco Tobacco Shi-Sha, and Barcelona Lounge.





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